Get Out, Philly!
Updated: Apr 10, 2018
This winter has been entirely too long! Time to get out with your little ones!
Recently, we posted about sensory sensitive events across the country and thought, “hey, let’s do comprehensive lists specialized to specific metro areas”. Of course, we started with our hometown, Philly! Below is a list of on-going as well as one-time upcoming events.
Since a lot of this is time-sensitive, I am putting it out there, even though I am waiting to hear back from several places. I will update as soon as I have additional details.
Philadelphia Orchestra – Relaxed Sensory Friendly Performances
Come join us! We got tickets to the next ensemble concert on April 28th and I can’t wait to take Little Dude! Pictures to come!
Bounce U in Exton – Sensory Bounce – Due to inconsistent attendance, they have gotten away from doing a scheduled night once a month but if you give them a call, they are super flexible about accommodating special needs groups - 610-363-6610
The Franklin Institute - Probably my favourite museum to visit in Philadelphia. Sensory Friendly Sundays just make it all the better.
Free Library of Philadelphia – Sensory Story Time and Game Club
Brandywine River Museum of Art - Sensory-Friendly Saturday: Adventures In Art
This Saturday, April 14th! It’s free but space is limited so they request that you register ahead.
Legoland Discovery Center – The Ruttenberg Center for Autism and MusicWorks, a music therapy non-profit are putting together a special sensory sensitive evening at Legoland on May 22nd. Legoland Discovery Center is at the Plymouth Meeting Mall, which is easily accessed from the blue route and the turnpike.
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
The Academy offers several tools for making a visit successful, including social stories written for two different age groups / levels of ability, a picture schedule, recommended visiting times (afternoons after 1pm, if you are interested 😉) and special Access to Science days “when the museum is open only for families with children on the spectrum”. Head’s up that the next ASD event is June 10th. Don't miss it.
Pennsylvania Ballet – The next show is April 14th, Snow White.
General info on the ballet's sensory friendly events can be found here.
Sesame Place – April 22nd is Variety Day at Sesame Place
Hershey’s Chocolate World – This was last fall. Here’s hoping they do it again! I’ll be in contact with them for updates but wanted to put it on your radar.
Philadelphia Zoo – KidZooU – Designed with children of all different need levels in mind, the children’s zoo offers kid friendly gates and ramps, quiet areas, braille, ASL, social stories and a visual schedule.
Sahara Sam’s in West Berlin, NJ - Special Needs Nights - We attended one of these night recently and what a different experience it was over the typical crazy crowded weekend days! The next one is May 18th, so sign up now. You can practically smell the chlorine already :D
It looks like there are three locations in the immediate Philadelphia area, the Northeast, Springfield and North Wales.
AMC Theaters – Sensory Friendly Films select theaters in the area show sensory friendly films on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month for the kid crowd and Tuesday nights for mature audiences. I especially like the Tuesday night shows because there is a huge gap in leisure activities for older teens and adults with special needs.
Regal Theaters – My Way Matinee in Warrington and Oaks
iFly in King of Prussia – All Abilities Night - I have asked them for additional information but haven’t gotten a response, which is disappointing. I’m not sure how much they are charging for this but the next All Abilities night is April 30th at 6pm.